An eight hour round trip to the High Desert in 90-degree heat, but well worth it: Alice the Beagle has been retired to a 15-acre rescue ranch – but the deal was, leave one, take one, and so Lola is now in residence.
Since she is a dachshund/something else mix, she fits the available space much better and since she is not a working dog by nature, she is as happy in the house as out of it.
But I am learning a lot about doxies – apparently they are notoriously stubborn and every expert warns against expecting too much.
Here is a nice bit from E.B. White about the breed, including his own doxie Fred:
“Being the owner of dachshunds, to me a book on dog discipline becomes a volume of inspired humor. Every sentence is a riot. Some day, if I ever get a chance, I shall write a book, or warning, on the character and temperament of the dachshund and why he can’t be trained and shouldn’t be. I would rather train a striped zebra to balance an Indian club than induce a dachshund to heed my slightest command. When I address Fred I never have to raise either my voice or my hopes. He even disobeys me when I instruct him in something he wants to do.”
Hmm – note to self: don’t raise your voice or your hopes…